The Brain Behind Hercule Poirot How Agatha Christie created one of the most famous characters in history. A window into her mind…. Standing at 5ft 4’’ with an egg-shaped head and a well groomed moustache this favourite Belgian detective has captured our imagination time and again. We have used our little grey cells and tried […]
On The Top Of The World
Junko Tabei was the first woman to successfully climb Mt. Everest and break stereotypes. This is her story
It was a cold dark night. Nothing could be heard except for the swooshing wind. No birds chirping, no lights, no civilisation nearby. It was pitch black and scary. The snow fell in heaps, mercilessly.
In the midst of this, stood tents housing about 15 women and 6 Sherpas to guide them 9000ft above sea level. It was dangerous not to mention deadly. These 15 women were headed to an unprecedented feat- to become the first women to scale the Mt. Everest.
As of this time, they were resting, sound asleep to gain strength for their ascent the next day. Just then everything began shaking. There was a tremble and a lot of snow, huge amounts of snow, cast upon them. Inside their tents, they would be trampled. Junko Tabei woke up with a start. With quick thinking she unclasped the penknife from a cord on her neck and held it up. Just then another climber grabbed the knife and slit the tent. Yet Junko lost her consciousness.
On 4th May 1975, an avalanche had struck the group. Would they make it?
The Woman Behind the Benz
How Bertha Benz helped finance one of the best car companies
“Two young boys and a woman on a hissing, thumping horseless carriage could only be the work of the Devil himself.” This is what people had to say when they saw Bertha Benz swish past them along with her teenage sons. Read more about Bertha Benz …
Dangerous Woman: Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi -article by Jack Edwards Born: 19 November 1828 in Varanasi, India Died: 18 June 1858 in Kotah-ki-Serai, near Gwalior, India Early Life When she was born she was named Manikarnika Tambe. Her mother died when she was four years old. Her father, Moropant Tambe, worked in the […]
The Story Of Coco The Couturier who left behind a fashion legacy She never told anyone who she was except that she was French. Her past remained unknown, hidden in shadows whilst her work spoke for her. From an orphanage, a convent at that, she came and changed the meaning of style and chic. She […]
Revolutionary Women In Aviation
Waking up to a surprising find in history today takes us down the memory lane
We woke up to a very surprising news today. This news seems to have solved many mysteries in one of the most famous disappearance cases. I am talking about Amelia Earhart. For those of you who don’t know who she is, Amelia Earhart was one of the many pioneers for women in aviation. She was born in 1897 and became an advocate for women’s rights and an author. She was also a pilot with big dreams. Amelia’s ultimate dream was to circumvent the earth via a plane.
On March 17, 1937 Amelia set off on her expedition around the world. Unfortunately something went wrong with the plane and the expedition was called off. But she wasn’t about to give up. Her second attempt took flight on 1st June 1937 from Miami, USA. Unfortunately for her on 2nd June 1937 she went missing. Her body nor her navigator’s body was ever found. The passengers along with the plane had disappeared into thin air. Read more about Women Aviators …
From Frilly Silk Skirts to Straight Classic Cuts
In the 1940s women’s fashion changed into something we can relate to today
The WW2 really tested everyone directly or indirectly. It influences us even today.
Clothes till the 1930s were made of silk with fancy zips and buttons. They had chains and multiple other fashions.
These clothes were often expensive and made to look affluent.
If people decided to wear such expensive clothes, what would be left for the troops living in the trenches? Read more about Women’s Fashion in the 1940s …
Turning Behind Time In Wimbledon
The legacy of Women in Wimbledon
There was a tennis club just out of London in the UK in Wimbledon. They wanted to buy a grass roller but had no money. They had heard of this idea of a competition where people paid to watch matches like in cinema theatres. What if they did that?
So, to afford a grass roller Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club started a men only competition. One seat cost 20 shillings.
21 men participated and it was a success!
They could definitely afford the roller now. But why stop this new stream of income? They decided to continue the competition. Thus my friends, Wimbledon Open was born.
Now a tube ride and a short bus trip takes you to the lawns. Over the years, the Wimbledon Club has shifted its premises.
Visiting Wimbledon is like arriving in royalty. The championship teems with elegance, tradition is the lifeline that lures us all.
If you take a tour of the grounds, it takes you through the art of court making and it’s maintenance. You can oversee the courts and sit in the audience stands at Centre Court.
When the championships are underway, there is a different story to tell. The entire premises are filled with people. And all in all during the championships in June, a cream strawberry is what is the talk of the week! Strawberries and cream is the famous food that captivates everyone. Cream and strawberries are freshly made from the people living in the vicinity. The strawberries ripen in June, perfectly in time for the championships.
The Wimbledon Museum shares the Championship’s complete story. The old rackets, tennis balls, advertisement’s and newspaper clippings are all on display. Let me tell you what is more captivating, there is also a display for the sport’s attire that Wimbledon has seen through the ages.
In 1884, Wimbledon open its doors to female players. It is also to year that they introduced the men’s doubles.
In this year, you can see how ego goes beyond money. Instead of 20 shillings for tickets, as was the normal ticket cost, the club sold tickets for 10 shillings for women’s matches. Preposterous indeed! Read more about Women In Wimbledon …